Microsoft isn’t known as a healthcare company, but when it comes to technology infrastructure – there is arguably no technology company with a greater presence across the health continuum than they do. Software pioneers Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft in 1975, and the company has delivered powerhouse platforms that have revolutionized industries across a broad spectrum. Microsoft is empowering people and organizations to improve healthcare, and they are making an impact.
Microsoft's high profile acquisition of LinkedIn in June 2016, overshadows other important acquisitions and announcements that hold potential for a big impact on the health community. These include their 2011 acquisition of Skype, and their 2015 announcement of the Hololens – the first fully self-contained, holographic computer. These technologies are now a part of the Microsoft platform which enables entirely new ways of interacting with others and the world around us. In fact, if you haven’t seen how the Hololens can be used in healthcare yet, jump down the page and take a look what the developers at Case Western University are doing to use Hololens in the holographic anatomy program. It’s truly amazing.
My guest today is Neil Jordan. Neil is the Worldwide General Manager for the Health Industry for Microsoft. In this role, Neil acts as the chief strategist for the organization’s health initiatives worldwide. He’s responsible for defining and articulating the Microsoft vision for the future of healthcare, and, importantly, how Microsoft's products, technologies and partner solutions are working to make it a reality.
Neil and I spoke about Microsoft’s programs such as Biz Spark and the Imagine Cup, and how they are helping innovators around the world to get access to leading technologies and services. We also spoke about the key pillars of Microsoft’s Health Transformation strategy, and the importance Microsoft is placing on creating exceptional experiences in all aspects of the user journey.
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Microsoft in Digital Health Transformation
Imagine Cup Competition
Imagine Cup is a global competition that empowers the next generation of computer science students to team up and use their creativity, passion and knowledge of technology to create applications that shape how we live, work and play. Every year tens of thousands of students from across the globe compete for cash, travel and prizes and for the honor of taking home the Imagine Cup!
Clinicloud – 2012 winners of the Imagine Cup
Digital Stethoscope + Non-contact Thermometer
Enty – 2016 Winner of the Imagine Cup
Biz Spark Program
BizSpark gives startups 3 years of free stuff – software, services, tech support, and Azure cloud. Your startup qualifies if it is less than 5 years old, is privately held, and earns less than $1M annually. And at the end of your 3 years, you keep all the software you've downloaded – at no cost.
Public Cloud for Public Good
Designed to support anyone using the cloud technology for humanitarian uses that align with the strategic development goals of the United Nations
Lighting Round Answers
Q: What is a favorite saying or quote:
A: “If you’re going to work in healthcare IT you have to have patients.”
Q: What advice do you have for innovators and entrepreneurs working in health?
A: Two things:
1) Focus on the end user experience. If you don’t get that right, you’’ll never get adoption
2) Think about the business model for scale. Health is a highly complex but a highly scaled business, and lots of innovators get up to their 10 and 20th customers but they’ve never thought about the repeatability of their solution to get to a100 or 10,000 customers.
Q: What book would you recommend and why?
A: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
Q: What technology, tool or app would you recommend, and why?
A: Quite simply: The Cloud
Q: We will be making a financial donation to a charity of your choice. What charity have you selected?
A: Children’s of Mercy Hospital, Kansas City
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dan Kendall studied engineering and found his passion in building businesses. His career in sales, marketing and product development has spanned two continents, and he works with clients around the world to overcome barriers and solve healthcare’s problems. Feel free to message him here and follow him on Twitter.